People-first-language meaning

Politically correct language referring to disabilities by avoiding adjectives or the copula.

"people first" language, which refers to the person first and the disability second: "Americans with disabilities," for example, rather than "disabled Americans", letter to the editor of BusinessWeek, published in Issue 3059 (1988).

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Origin of people-first-language

  • US English. Grammatically a nominal phrase "people first" used as a hyphenated adjective modifying "language". As a term advocated by disability rights organizations in the United States from 1988.

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